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MACC and MBA plan biggest Town Tree Lighting yet

The annual Town Tree Lighting at MACC is growing to include vendors from the Mountain Business Association at this year’s event set for Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m.

“This year’s Tree Lighting will be bigger than ever,” said MACC Executive Director Barb Storm. “It’s the biggest thing the MACC does all year. It is our gift to the community.”

Providing the evening’s entertainment will be community groups including the Nolan Elementary Choir, Signal Mountain Presbyterian Youth Choir, Signal Mountain Christian School Chimes Choir and puppeteers from the Tennessee Center for Puppetry Arts.

Attendees will also be treated to a preview of the classic holiday play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”

“It’s a great, fun community event,” said Storm. “It’s family-friendly, and there’s something for everyone.”

Santa will be on-site for photographs, and Mrs. Claus will be reading stories to groups of children every 20 minutes from 5-7:30 p.m. Three rooms inside MACC are being dedicated to children’s holiday activities during the event, with options including cookie decorating with Signal Mountain Cookie Lady Sandy Benson, popcorn and cranberry stringing, simple watercolor painting and creating foam Christmas ornaments.

As kids get crafty, parents can peruse the selection of items from 10-12 MBA retailers.

“We thought it would be a great way to have an opportunity to get a little extra shopping in and make a full evening out of it,” said Storm as to why she asked MBA members to participate in this year’s event.

Signal Mountain Nursery employee Mark Bonastia said the nursery grows its own poinsettias on the mountain, which will be for sale during the tree lighting event along with greenery and items for stocking stuffers.

“I just think it will be a really fun event, and I think the toy store needs to be there,” said Mountain Top Toys owner Karen Dolmovich, who will set up a booth featuring “Elf on the Shelf” toys for boys or girls, foosball and hockey tables, Swingball sets, dolls and doll accessories, science items and family games.

Other participating merchants and service providers include 12 Paws Pet Bakery, Michael Huseman Music, Treehouse Kids, Pruett’s, Signal Mountain Sports Zone and J & S Shoes.

The MACC will provide free cider, hot chocolate and cookies, and The Pizza Place will be selling slices.

Fans of the Christmas Train can help fund the restoration of the iconic Signal Mountain holiday tradition by purchasing a coloring book for $5. Nancy Crewe, whose late husband Stan Crewe built the train, will be at the event selling copies of the book, which features drawings by part-time Signal Mountain resident Glenn Showalter, who assisted Crewe in building the train (he also does all the program artwork for Signal Mountain Playhouse productions).

Activities will begin to wind around 7:45 p.m., when Santa will lead the way to the tree for the ceremonial lighting.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

MACC is at 809 Kentucky Ave. and can be reached at 886-1959.

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